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The Fujifilm X-M1 Camera

If you have been following my blog since Tumblr days, you would know that I’m a Nikon user. I own a Nikon D90 with a Tamron 17-50 lens. I’ve captured wonderful photos with my DSLR and you can all see that in my Europe posts. Now, I love my DSLR but it’s just too darn heavy! It’s also starting to show some cosmetic wear. A few Eurotrips and beach trips later, I’ve decided it’s time to find a replacement simply because I don’t want to be that girl caught with a defective camera during her travels.

Six months and two weeks later, I’m a happy owner of a Fujifilm X-M1. It’s a mirrorless interchangeable lenses camera which means it’s a digital camera that offer features and quality of a DSLR but in a smaller and lighter package. You’ve seen my photos on previous blog posts and Instagram photos, so you have a pretty good idea of the quality. But today, I’ll share with you what I think about the camera and if this camera model or any from Fujifilm’s X series are worth the penny.


Choosing The Brand

I’m brand conscious when it comes to cameras. I know, I know, it’s not about the brand but the ~skills~. But in my opinion, not all cameras of the same brand perform well on different ‘platforms’. For example, Brand A may be the popular choice for a DSLR, but its features may be considered mediocre when it comes to their point-and-shoot models while Brand B may be the exact opposite.

We have various reasons why we choose to support a particular brand. But if you’re quite unfamiliar with the brands available, you can use Google to your advantage. Keywords like “best mirrorless camera” can provide thousands of results within seconds. Respectable tech sites on the front page of the result will list down their top picks, varying from pro to non-pro models. Skim through these articles, then make a tally which brand and model was often featured.

Another method of choosing a brand and model is through your favorite photographers. One factor why I chose Fujifilm was the travel photographs of this popular blogger I admire. It also helps that this blogger is transparent towards her readers and I could trust her opinions whenever she promotes a brand.

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Baguio, Benguet

Choosing the Fujifilm X-M1

Choosing the model proved to be difficult. At the time of purchase, there were various models to choose from and none of them were friendly to the pocket. It was also frustrating that older models were more expensive the newer ones. Like, why?

Then one day, I’ve stumbled upon an OLX ad featuring a brand new Fujifilm X-M1 that comes with a free Instax Share. Everything was only for PHP26,000 — WHAT. A. STEAL! After doing a little bit research and discussing my options with my boyfriend, I made the purchase.

(I sold the Instax Share, by the way)

Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Advantages a.k.a. Why You Should Buy A Fujifilm X-M1

  • It’s the cheapest in the market (at the time of purchase).
  • It’s lighter than a dSLR. It looks cute too!
  • It can transfer photos to your phone wirelessly. Hello, Instagram!
  • This model comes with a 16-50mm kit lens and performs exceptionally well!
  • The LCD tilts downwards, which is great for hard-to-reach flat lay photos.
  • It has video capabilities (which I still have to explore)
  • It has a hot shoe which you can use to attach an external flash.
  • There are various advanced settings and filters available, such as bulb photography, multi-exposure, toy camera, etc.
  • The #1 reason why I purchased it: It has the ability to shoot RAW

Disadvantages a.k.a. Why You Shouldn’t Buy A Fujifilm X-M1

  • LCD isn’t touch screen
  • No external mic jack, which is a must for videographers
  • This model doesn’t come with a viewfinder = Battery life is shorter

See also: Fujifilm X-M1 Technical Specifications

My thoughts about this camera

Six months later, I’m still learning something new about my camera. Here are some of the things I’ve learned and areas that I believe Fujifilm needs to improve on:

  1. It pays to read the manual – I usually skip reading the manual because I’m too excited to play around with my new gadget. But for this particular model, I highly recommend that you do read the manual because there are other features, functions, icons on the camera that is just too hard to identify or understand.
  2. Ergonomics can be confusing at first – The selector and commands can be quite confusing. Even after six months, I’m still getting the hang of it. Buttons at the back are also clamped together and may not be ideal for people with, um, large fingers.
  3. Monitor Sunlight Mode – Since this camera doesn’t have a built-in viewfinder, Fujifilm expected users to experience reflections and glare when shooting outdoor. To fix this, just hold the Q button to trigger the outdoor mode. But do take note that this may shorten your battery’s life.
  4. On/Off Button needs improvement – Maybe it’s just me, but I’m having difficulty distinguishing if the camera is still on or off sometimes. Fortunately, Fujifilm included a feature where the camera will turn off automatically if no operations after a certain period of time.
  5. Multiple exposure, filters, Bulb photography, and long exposure – Just some of the cool features I’ve recently discovered. Only applicable for JPEG shots though. :(
  6. Continuous Shooting requires time – This feature is great but it takes a little bit of time before you can view the photos. You need to be a little patient, young padawan.
  7. RAW photos must be converted first – I love that I can shoot RAW using this camera, but in order to crop, edit and transfer photos on your phone, you need to convert it first. Fujifilm allows you to adjust the photo (exposure, white balance, filters) before it’s converted to JPEG though.
  8. You can geotag your photos – I haven’t tried geotagging my photos because it sounds like a lot of work. But this feature seems to be very important to some photographers and bloggers alike.
  9. ISO 1600 and I can’t see the grain – I always shoot with an ISO of 200, but since the kit lens isn’t at a fixed aperture of f/2.8, I’m forced to increase the ISO to improve the lighting at night. I hate increasing my ISO because it makes my photos grainy, especially in low-light situations, but Fujifilm handled that department really well.
  10. Scratch-prone – This is probably my fault. I tend to expose my camera to extreme situations. I’m also very rugged with the device. If you’re extremely careful with the camera, then this shouldn’t be a problem.

Overall, the Fujifilm X-M1 is a great investment for casual photographers and bloggers. I highly recommend this camera to anyone who wants to upgrade their P&S camera or ‘downgrade’ their DSLR for a lighter package. If prospective buyers intend to shoot outdoors all the time or record videos, it is highly recommended to get a different model from the Fujifilm X series that has a viewfinder and external mic jack respectively.

My pro tip is to purchase a camera based on your needs. I chose the Fujifilm X-M1 primarily because it’s within my budget and it can shoot RAW. The rest were added bonus that I thoroughly enjoyed.


If you’re into selfies:

I recommend getting the Fujifilm X-A2 because its LCD screen tilts upward to 175°. While I know the latest model comes with minor improvements, but it doesn’t feel like an upgrade of its predecessor when it has so many similarities with X-M1 — in terms of features and appearance. But that’s just my take on it.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I’m just 100% in love with the camera and I believe it deserves a blog post on its own. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.


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  • Reply
    Mikyu Maglasang
    April 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    I used to own a DSLR camera, too, (Canon) until I’ve decided to switch to a mirrorless camera (Sony) because I found the former too bulky and heavy already (especially that I travel a lot). No regrets! Mirrorless cameras can be on a par with some DSLR cameras in terms of quality, and you get less bulk and weight at that!

    Your photos are great, Kisty! Keep shooting! :)

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 5:58 PM

      Hey Mikyu! How’s your challenge going? :)

      True, a mirrorless camera is less bulky though equipments are still expensive because it’s ‘new’ industry. Hopefully, lenses will be cheaper because I really want a lens with an aperture of 2.8 or less! :D Oh, and thank you!

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    Mimi Gonzales
    April 9, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I was actually planning to invest in a camera for my blog since using my phone’s camera just won’t cut it anymore. I trust your preference on this one since it really shows on the photos that you post online. Also, I read up on this on the internet and it suits my needs. Thanks for posting this, Ate Kisty! It was a very big help and X-M1 is now one of my top choices to buy soon! :)

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      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 5:59 PM

      I’m glad this review was able to help, Mimi! :D

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    April 9, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Thank you for this, Kisty! Still thinking though if I should buy one! X-M1 is too pretty but still I don’t have allotted budget for this. Pahiramin mo ko one time when we meet. I promise not to steal! (Well, that sounds pretty defensive. Haha! But seriously.)

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      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

      Hey April! Buy when you’re 110% sure you need a new one. Haha! Sure, I’ll lend it to you next time. :D

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    April 9, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    I’m also planning to score one of Fujifilm’s X series and I really don’t know what to buy and your review really helps a lot! :) investing to a good camera will never ever disappoint you.

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      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      Hello Lei! Any particular model as your top choice? :) Anyway, I agree, investing a good camera will never ever disappoint you — doing your research pays off!

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        April 11, 2015 at 2:15 PM

        Im torn between x-a2 , x-e2 or x-m1. What I Dont like about the a2 is that the LCD tilts upwards not downwards which is most likely useless for taking flatlays and im not really into selfies so nahhh but i like the new features. For e2 i like the features but the LCD cant be tilted i think m1 is much okay. Help!

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          Kisty Mea
          April 11, 2015 at 2:18 PM

          Hmm… I suggest you visit Fujifilm or any camera store that has X-A2 on display, then try it out. It can’t be titled downwards, but I think you can still capture flatlays. If not, then go for the X-M1! :)

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    April 9, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    I was considering buying a Fujifilm XF1. A lot of my friends recommended Fujifilm! Thanks for this review, I have now more options to choose from! :)

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      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      Ooh, It’s my first time to hear about the XF1. Is it a new model? Oh, and you’re welcome, Trish!

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        April 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM

        I think the XF1’s an older model. But I really like its look, especially the black one. :)

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    April 9, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Wonderful review! If only I have the resources (and a reason lol) to change my camera, I probably will! Although I still kind of prefer DSLRs for covering events, this is something that I would totally consider for traveling! :)

    Thanks Kisty!

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      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      Hello Jhanz! DSLRS are great, though they’re just too heavy for events. Plus panira sa style because it won’t fit in my bag, haha!

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    April 10, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I’ve read a lot of good reviews about fujifilm and it made want to buy one, i agree that dslr are darn heavy and ain’t friendly esp when you’re traveling. I’ve read that the T1 is also nice but it’s expensive. :(

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      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

      Hello Joyce! Yeah, T1 is expensive! These cameras are probably new now because mirrorless cameras are still ‘new’ in the market. Hopefully, in a few years time, the price will go a bit lower.

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    April 10, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Ooh, I like how very detailed this review is without being too focused on the technicalities. Good job, Kisty!

    Anyway, I don’t see the lack of touchscreen feature for the controls around the camera as a disadvantage because I actually prefer a camera to have physical buttons than just one huge touchscreen hehe. I think of the times I would have to use it in rough situations, the screen would be useless altogether if in case it rains and it gets wet. Then again, for times you need to take a flatlay photo, that would become handy. But ehh, I don’t see myself taking lots of photos of that kind. :P

    Geotagging is a cool feature and useful but yup it consumes a lot of battery power too, maybe invest an extra battery if you plan to use that feature long time. That’s one thing I am definitely considering if the time comes that I’ll be purchasing that camera I’ve been eyeing for a looong time, an extra battery.

    I want the xxxxx already but I can’t afford it yet, hahahaha! There’s one review I saw (actually the only one there is around this circle) that while it was helpful when it came to sample photos, overall it wasn’t that good because I know they just got it for free and yada yada they’re just posting because to pay it forward to that company that gave it to them.

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    April 10, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Hi Kisty! Did you consider getting the X-A1? If yes, why did you choose X-M1 over it? I am planning to purchase a Fuji camera and I’m torn between the two.

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      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

      Hello Betina, I did but I chose X-M1 because I found a package deal. It’s written on my blog post.

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    Kaye C.
    April 10, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Up until about a month ago, I decided to just stick with DSLR since I might be working as a wedding photographer, too, and the Fujifilm X Series just won’t do the job. However, I agree that they’re perfect for blogging and travelling. But after reading this review, I think I might buy a Fujifilm when I get extra money after buying myself a pro camera. :)

    Great photos by the way! :)

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      Kisty Mea
      April 10, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      Hello Kaye!

      I think the X Series might work for weddings if you have the expensive models and lenses. But if that’s the case, DSLR is much more cost efficient since they’ve been longer in the market = cheaper in terms of equipments. But it’s a great camera for personal use. :)

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    April 11, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    This is the camera I want DSLR’s are just too heavy for me too. I often just use my phone but this camera brings good quality. I like the fact that the photos can go straight to your phone. I’m gonna save for this :) Thanks for the review Kisty!

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    Jackie Michelle
    April 11, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    This seems lovely and what a great review. I’ve been thinking of upgrading myself and I’ll definitely consider this!

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    April 13, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    I own a Sony A5100 mirrorless camera with 16-50mm kit lens. I read tons of reviews and watch lots of youtube videos before I purchased the camera because it is damn expensive (S$820) but I am very happy with it! I can transfer the photos via NFC and it also shoots RAW. :)

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    April 14, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Hi Kisty! I own an XM-1 too and mine’s also a bit scratched! :( It’s easily scratched or maybe just #clumsyproblems. I own it for 1 year+ now and I haven’t maximized its features yet! Thanks for the Q button tip! :)

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    May 10, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Hey we have the same camera! :) Wow, for the price you paid for tapos may free instax share pa? Sulit! Did it have official warranty from FujifilmPH? I bought mine in Tokyo for 34k but that included a 27mm prime lens.

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      Kisty Mea
      May 10, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      Yup!!! Wow that’s such a steal! I’m excited about Tokyo, torn what to buy cause I want clothes, art supplies and maybe some gadgets :))))

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    July 2, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    I have yet to buy a DSLR/high-end camera. I was always torn between Canon and Nikon, but nowadays I am leaning more on buying a Fujifilm! Huhu it’s kind of expensive though, but I love the photos it produce. :D

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    August 3, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Hi Kisty, I’m currently looking for a camera that is convenient for travel and captures high quality photos. I’m having a hard time deciding which brand and model to buy (I’m not an expert obviously and I solely rely on blog reviews :)) However, I want something that will last me for years. Not sure if I should go for a DSLR or the Fujifilm X series (thinking of X-A2)? Are the photos at par with those captured with DSLR? What about during at night? Hope that you could share your thoughts and help me decide. Thanks a bunch! :)

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      Kisty Mea
      August 4, 2015 at 8:23 AM

      Hi Reina! Hmm, this is tough. I think both are great choices. A DSLR has been here for a very long time, so there are many options for you to choose from (in terms of brand, lenses, accessories, etc.). Meanwhile, I think mirrorless cameras still new in the market but the number of people using it are growing. With this mind, accessories and lenses are still limited or too expensive (but may go cheaper in the future).

      As for the quality, I think the X-M1 at par with my Nikon D90. Sometimes I think it performs even better. But for fast shots, it’s a bit slow.

      The kit lens doesn’t work well during night shots but it’s nothing the ISO can’t fix. :)

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    Dona Jane Pascual
    August 17, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Hi! I just bought an xm-1. Do you have an idea where I can buy the bottom leather case? Thanks.

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    November 7, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Good review! Where did you buy your xm-1? :)

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    November 30, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Hi, kisty, i recently bought an xm-1 with a 35 mm f2 wr lens since i’m on a budget considering the price of an xt-1 which i really love. Coming from an xe-1 , using the xm-1 was really a challenge to me considering i’m far sighted , so i have to wear my reading glasses most of the time when viewing camera lcd, i really love the colors and contrast of my xm-1 compared to the xe-1, and it takes awhile to getting used to relying on an lcd ,however, image quality and handling wise, and good looks of xm-1 aith the 35 mm f2 wr lens truly proved to be a worthwhile investment for photographing my kids as well as for my hibby! God bless and more power to you!

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    November 30, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Sorry for the typographical errors. I was not able to edit my comments before ppsting it.😀

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    Gillian Wyn
    April 16, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    I’m so glad to have stumbled on your website. I am actually looking out for Fujifilm X-series camera reviews because I am planning to buy one in the future. This review has confirmed me that they are really worth it! I love the photos and their quality. Thank you for making this! Anyways, more power to your blog! :)

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